Across the performing arts and across Europe disabled artists are pushing the boundaries of form, and are presenting audiences, fellow artists and arts professionals with one of the creative opportunities of our time.

Europe Beyond Access will support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente(Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Our 7 arts organisations will:

  • Support disabled artists to internationalise their artistic innovations and their careers;
  • Develop a network of leading mainstream organisations with a commitment to present and commission at the highest level;
  • Build European audiences interested in high-quality innovative work by Europe’s disabled artists;
  • Develop tools and understanding in the wider performing arts market;
  • Collaborate with many of the world’s leading arts networks to champion excellent artistic works, and to educate arts professionals.

An audio-flyer introducing the project (especially useful for visually impaired users) is available here:

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Artistic Exchanges

Exchange between European artists is at the heart of Europe Beyond Access. It will include 5 laboratories, 12 solo residencies, 8 group residencies and a digital exchange programme.

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Audience Development and Engagement

Europe Beyond Access sees an unprecedented trans-national investment in presenting, supporting and commissioning the work of world-class disabled performing artists.

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Public Performances and Commissions

Europe Beyond Access sees an unprecedented trans-national investment in presenting, supporting and commissioning the work of world-class disabled performing artists:

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Capacity Building

Europe Beyond Access will build the capacity of two key groups of arts professionals at either end of the cultural market. 

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Claiming the stage: Disability and Radical Aesthetics

Date: December 3, 2020

Location: Poland

PAST Group of dancers in white clothes

DansFunk: conference on dance and disability

Date: November 20, 2020

Location: Sweden

PAST An artist in a wheelchair addresses a group of artists gathered round to listen

Disabled Artists’ Network Meetings in Warsaw

Date: February 24, 2020

Location: Poland

PAST Blue light illuminates an aerial performance suspending performers high in the air in a historic courtyard.
PAST Huge neon pink writing displays the words 'Peep Show'. Underneath sits a red chair facing a hole in the wall and red velvet curtains either side.

Teatro La Ribalta: Un peep show per Cenerentola

Date: September 3, 2020

Location: Italy


Fridays online: Per.Art in conversation

Date: April 10, 2020

Location: Serbia

PAST Black and white photo of a female dancer with dark curly hair. She reaches her arm up and over her head, smiling.
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  • Holland Dance Festival
  • Onassis Stegi
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